PENGUINS FALL, 2-1, AT SPRINGFIELD

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton suffered a 2-1 loss against the Springfield Thunderbirds at MassMutual Center on Saturday night.

The Penguins (37-13-3-0) dropped consecutive games in regulation for just the second time this season despite throwing mounds of pressure at the Thunderbirds (19-23-7-2) throughout the contest. Springfield goalie Reto Berra was superb in net, making 34 saves for the victory.

During the opening period, the work of both teams’ goaltenders helped secure a scoreless tie. It took until 4:07 of the second period for the game’s first tally to take place. Springfield’s Kyle Rau sent a pretty pass over to Jared McCann, who gave the Thunderbirds the 1-0 lead with a power play goal.

As time was dwindling away for the Penguins, David Warsofsky eventually tied the game at 7:57 of the third period with a shot from the point on the power play. The goal was Warsofsky’s team-leading man advantage marker of the season.

Springfield regained the lead 3:09 later when Juho Lammikko found a rebound and popped it over the right pad of Casey DeSmith.

A late surge from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton while on a six-on-four power play ended the action in exciting fashion, but the Penguins couldn’t find another equalizer and the Thunderbirds hung on for the 2-1 victory.

DeSmith posted 25 saves on 27 shots faced as his personal record dropped to 14-4-2 on the season.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 19, when it takes on the Providence Bruins. Puck drop between the Penguins and Bruins is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game isn’t until Wednesday, Mar. 8, and its opponent will be the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Individual game tickets for Mar. 8’s game and all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Penguins ticket packages, including 12-game and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS SHUT-OUT BY DEVILS, 4-0

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ three-game win streak came to an end in a 4-0 loss to the Albany Devils at Times Union Center on Friday night.

The Penguins (37-12-3-0) were held scoreless for the fifth time this season while Devils rookie goalie Mackenzie Blackwood stopped all 24 shots he faced to earn the first shutout of his career.

Fifty-eight seconds into the game, the Albany Devils got on the board. A miscue behind the Penguins’ net led to a turnover, allowing Blake Coleman to score and put the Devils up, 1-0.

Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the rest of the first period or at all in the second. Midway through the middle frame, the Devils’ Ben Sexton appeared to have their second goal of the game after collecting his own rebound after striking the post, but Tristan Jarry thrust his blocker out to the side and made a lunging save.

The Penguins thought they tied the game early in the third period, but Teddy Blueger saw his tally wiped away by the official, who ruled that the rookie kicked the puck across the goal line. Video review confirmed the call, and the score stayed at 1-0.

Sexton doubled the Devils lead after firing a shot past Jarry 11:27 into the final frame. Max Novak made it 3-0 on a three-on-one odd-man rush with just under four minutes to play in regulation.

With just 40 seconds remaining in the third period, Nick Lappin scored an empty-netter, closing out the Devils’ 4-0 victory.

Jarry posted 30 saves in the loss for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The Penguins’ penalty kill was a perfect three-for-three in the contest, improving to over 16-for-16 its last three games.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 18, when they take on the Springfield Thunderbirds. Puck drop between the Penguins and T-Birds is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game isn’t until Wednesday, Mar. 8, and its opponent will be the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Individual game tickets for Mar. 8’s game and all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Penguins ticket packages, including 12-game and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS WIN BIG AGAINST PHANTOMS AGAIN, 5-1

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Oskar Sundqvist led the attack for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, tallying twice to give the American Hockey League’s top team a 5-1 win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Tuesday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The win capped off a six-game home stand for the Penguins (37-11-3-0), during which Wilkes-Barre/Scranton post a 4-2-0-0 record, including a pair of wins over the division rival Phantoms (32-15-2-0).

The Penguins opened up the scoring at the 5:37 mark of the first frame. Derrick Pouliot fired one in on the first power play of the game, giving Wilkes-Barre/Scranton a 1-0 lead.

Later in the period, Jean-Sébastien Dea forced a turnover in the offensive zone, allowing Dominik Simon to capitalize and put the Penguins up, 2-0, with just under three minutes remaining in the first.

The Phantoms kicked off the second period with a power play, but 57 seconds into the frame, Sundqvist scored on a shorthanded breakaway, extending the Penguins lead to 3-0.

Lehigh Valley got their first and only goal of the game, when Nicolas Aubé-Kubel put a wrap-around off of the Penguins defense and past Tristan Jarry 9:10 into the second period.

Dea made it 4-1 in favor of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at the 16:23 mark of the second period with a short-side, top-corner snipe from the right side half-wall that beat Phantoms goalie Anthony Stolarz over his left shoulder.

Sundqvist finished off the scoring for the night, recording his second tally of the game 4:20 into the final period, securing the Penguins 5-1 victory.

Jarry stopped 27 of 28 shots faced for his league-leading 22nd win of the season. Stolarz turned aside 38 shots in the loss for the Phantoms.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Feb. 17 when they travel to upstate New York and take on the Albany Devils. Puck drop between the Penguins and Devils is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game isn’t until Wednesday, Mar. 8, and once again its opponent will be the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Individual game tickets for Mar. 8’s game and all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Penguins ticket packages, including 12-game and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS DEFEAT SENATORS, 4-2

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins put together a series of scoring flurries to take down the Binghamton Senators, 4-2, in front of a packed house at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Saturday night.

Sahir Gill turned in the first two-goal game of his AHL career and third multi-point effort of the season as the Penguins (36-11-3-0) emerged victorious on Military Appreciation Night.

The Penguins jumped out to an early lead, scoring twice in the first five minutes of the contest. David Warsofsky sniped one in from the blue line at the 2:26 mark in the first period. Two minutes and two seconds later, Gill tucked a shot in on the near-side of Senators goalie Matt O’Connor.

O’Connor’s night didn’t last much longer, as he was replaced by teammate Chris Driedger during the first promotional timeout at 6:46 of the opening frame.

Similarly to the first period, the Penguins had two swift strikes in the opening moments of the second frame, giving them a four-goal lead. Gill cleaned up a rebound for his second tally of the game 1:22 into the middle stanza. And 34 seconds later, Dominik Simon put one over the right shoulder of Driedger, giving Wilkes-Barre/Scranton a 4-0 lead.

Binghamton finally got on the board at 7:33 of the second period with a goal from Casey Bailey, making it 4-1.

Kyle Flanagan capitalized on a two-on-none rush into the Penguins’ zone with 3:58 left in the second, cutting the deficit to two goals.

The Senators were unable to creep any closer to the Penguins though, despite six power play opportunities scattered throughout the game. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s penalty kill successfully stopped all six of those man disadvantages.

Casey DeSmith picked up his 14th win of the season for the Penguins, stopping 30 shots. Driedger made 22 saves on 24 shots and was the Senators’ goaltender of record in the loss. O’Connor posted three saves on five shots faced.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is on Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, Feb. 14, against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop between the top two teams in the AHL is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Individual game tickets for Tuesday’s game and all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Penguins ticket packages, including 12-game and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS WIN OVERTIME THRILLER WITH BEARS, 4-3

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Kevin Porter scored the overtime game-winner to cap off a four-point night as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defeated the Hershey Bears, 4-3, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Friday night.

The two clubs combined for six power play goals in regulation, but two minutes and 55 seconds into the extra period, Teddy Blueger hit Porter at center ice on a breakaway, leading to the lone even strength goal of the evening against Bears goaltender Vítek Vaněček. The goal lifted the Penguins to their league-leading 35th victory in thrilling fashion.

The Bears opened the scoring, tallying a power play goal at the 7:20 mark in the first period when Paul Carey snuck one past the glove of Tristan Jarry.

Danny Kristo tied the game, 1-1, 8:55 into the second period on the man advantage for the Penguins. Later in the period, the Penguins scored their second power play goal of the game after David Warsofsky blasted one home from the point.

Two more power play goals in the third period allowed Hershey to tie the game and subsequently take a 3-2 lead. Chandler Stephenson found the back of the cage 6:30 into the third stanza, and Christian Thomas notched the go-ahead goal 3:24 later.

With Wilkes-Barre/Scranton desperate to find a tying goal, captain Tom Kostopoulos scored on a two-man advantage for his 200th career AHL goal. Kostopoulos’ milestone marker knotted the score, 3-3, with just under four minutes to play in regulation.

The Penguins had to kill off another Bears power play during the sudden death overtime, and shortly thereafter, Blueger fed Porter for the breakaway that led to the game-winning goal.

Jarry recorded 28 saves for his league-leading 21st win of the season. Vaněček stopped 32 of 36 shots in the net for the Bears.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 11, against the Binghamton Senators. Saturday night’s contest is also the Penguins’ annual Military Appreciation Night.

Individual game tickets for tomorrow’s game and all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Penguins ticket packages, including 12-game and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON DEFEATED 4-0 BY ST. JOHN’S

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins were handed a 4-0 loss by the St. John’s IceCaps at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Wednesday night.

Despite outshooting their opponent 31-26, the Penguins (34-11-3-0) couldn’t get any pucks past Charlie Lindgren of the IceCaps, who earned his second shutout of the season. Penguins goalie Casey DeSmith turned aside 22 shots in what was just his third regulation loss of the season.

After the two clubs battled to a scoreless tie through the first period, St. John’s opened up the scoring seven minutes into the second frame as Charles Hudon went in for a breakaway and was able to put one past the right pad of DeSmith for the game’s first goal.

It took just 49 more seconds for Chris Terry to find the back of the cage during a net-front scramble, putting St. John’s up 2-0.

Zach Redmond later slapped one in on a two-man advantage at 15:57 of the second period, extending the IceCaps lead to 3-0.

Yannick Veilluex struck for a shorthanded goal with less than 1:20 left in the middle frame to complete the scoring.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is at home on Friday, Feb. 10 against the Hershey Bears. Friday night’s contest is also an Eyewitness News Fan Friday, with $14 lower bowl tickets, select draft beers for just $2 from 6:00-7:30 p.m., and a post-game autograph session with two Penguins players.

Individual game tickets for Friday’s game and all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Penguins ticket packages, including 12-game and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS SHUT DOWN PHANTOMS, 7-1

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – A packed house at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza witnessed the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins take down the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7-1, on Saturday during the Penguins’ “Pink in the Rink” night.

The Penguins (34-10-3-0) had 11 different players chip in on the scoresheet and were led by Josh Archibald who tied a career-best with three points (2G-1A).

The night started off strong when Penguins captain Tom Kostopoulos found the back of the net just 6:42 into the game.

Archibald scored the first of his two goals on the night at the 11:11 mark of the first period after accepting an incredible pass from Garrett Wilson. Five minutes later, Archibald struck shorthanded, making it 3-0 in favor of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

The Penguins continued to put the pressure on the Phantoms in the second period, and broke loose for a fourth goal when Archibald set up Wilson 9:05 into the middle frame. Fifty-nine seconds later, Sahir Gill snuck his second goal of the season through the five-hole of Anthony Stolarz for a 5-0 lead for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Chris Conner ruined Tristan Jarry’s chance at the shutout by tipping in a two-man advantage tally at 14:34 of the second period. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton quickly reestablished their five-goal lead in quick fashion, though, as Danny Kristo scored a mere 62 seconds after Conner’s marker.

Kostopoulos scored again for his 199th career AHL goal to put a bow on the Penguins’ 7-1 victory.

Jarry earned his 20th win of the season, stopping 30 of 31 shots faced. Stolarz turned aside 25 shots in the loss.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Wednesday, Feb. 8 against the St. John’s IceCaps at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Individual game tickets for tomorrow’s game and all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Penguins ticket packages, including 12-game and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON DEFEATED BY ST. JOHN’S, 5-2

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Mike McCarron recorded three points (1G-2A) and Daniel Carr netted a pair of goals to lead the St. John’s IceCaps to a 5-2 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena At Casey Plaza.

The Penguins (33-10-3-0) suffered their first loss on home ice this calendar year, and had a five-game home winning streak snapped in the process.

The IceCaps wasted little time in finding the back of the net, as Ryan Johnston beat Tristan Jarry on the first shot of the night just 62 seconds into the game.

The Penguins answered back quickly, though, as Ethan Prow found the back of the net for his first pro goal 2:37 into the first period.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton took a 2-1 lead after Derrick Pouliot ripped a shot from the point off of a pass from Sahir Gill at the 11:35 mark of the first period.  The power play marker was Pouliot’s third goal of the season and gave the Penguins defenseman a three-game point streak.

That was all of the offense the Penguins would muster, though, and the IceCaps tallied four straight goals.

Carr tied the game at 2-2 by victimizing the Penguins after an icing call 14:53 into the second period. McCarron gave the IceCaps their second lead of the game off of an offensive zone face-off after an icing, making it 3-2 at 4:57 of the third period.

Carr later added his second goal of the game, a power play tally with six minutes remaining. Before former Penguin Bobby Farnham rounded off the scoring with an empty netter at 19:08 of the third frame.

Jarry stopped 22 of 26 shots while manning the crease for the Penguins, while Lindgren stopped 25 of 27 shots in the win for the IceCaps.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 4, for the first visit of the season by the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Saturday’s contest against the Phantoms is also the Penguins annual “Pink in the Rink” breast cancer awareness night.  The teams will be facing off on pink ice at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, and fans can buy a special ticket package with a portion of their purchase going to the American Cancer Society.

Individual game tickets for tomorrow’s game and all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000

Penguins ticket packages, including 12-game and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

KOSTOPOULOS EARNS 500TH AHL POINT IN PENGUINS’ 6-2 WIN

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins ended their schedule before the All-Star break on a high note by setting a franchise record, seeing their captain hit an historic milestone, and beating the Binghamton Senators, 6-2, on Saturday night at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.

The Penguins (33-9-3-0) set a club record with their 12th win in the month of January, and Tom Kostopoulos became the 91st player in American Hockey League history to earn 500 points in his AHL career.

The Penguins struck first in the contest when Ryan Haggerty unloaded a fireball at the Senators net that burned past Chris Driedger at 10:52 of the opening frame.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton extended its lead when Teddy Blueger used his soccer skills to kick the puck over to a wide open Dominik Simon who wasted no time burying it. Simon’s tally was his sixth of the season and came at 15:32.

The Senators got on the board thanks to Nick Paul knocking in a rebound with 2:57 left in the first period. However, the Penguins quick reestablished their two-goal lead 1:05 later with a pinpoint pass from Blueger to Jean-Sébastien Dea. Twenty-one seconds after that, Blueger scored a goal of his own, making it 4-1 for the Penguins.

Chad Nehring tipped in a point shot and brought the Senators within two 6:04 into the second period. But once again, the Penguins responded. Derrick Pouliot danced his way through the neutral zone and fed Danny Kristo who brought the score to 5-2.

Kostopoulos achieved his 500th AHL point on a goal at 11:54 of the third period and put a bow on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s league-leading 33rd victory of 2016-17.

All-Star Tristan Jarry made 32 saves for his 19th win of the season, which is tied for most in the AHL. Driedger posted 10 stops on 14 shots before being replaced by Matt O’Connor at the start of the second period. O’Connor made 9 saves on 11 shots faced.

On deck for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is the All-Star break, during which the Penguins’ David Warsofsky and Tristan Jarry will participate in the AHL All-Star Classic at PPL Center in Allentown, Pa. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Feb. 3 for the first visit in 2016-17 by the St. John’s IceCaps to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Individual game tickets for Feb. 3’s game and all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Penguins ticket packages, including 22-game12-game, and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS OUTLAST COMETS FOR 3-2 VICTORY

UTICA, N.Y. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins won their third-consecutive game with a 3-2 triumph over the Utica Comets at Utica Memorial Auditorium on Friday night.

Goaltender Casey DeSmith turned in one of the finest goaltending performances of the year with 27 saves as the Penguins (32-9-3-0) maintained their hold on the top spot in the American Hockey League.

Josh Archibald got Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on the board first with a blistering shot that went top shelf off the rush at 8:16 of the opening frame. The Penguins struck again from long distance when Tim Erixon ripped a slap shot from the blue line into the back of the net at 14:29, making it 2-0.

Early in the second period, the Comets appeared to have their first goal of the game on a perfectly executed three-on-one odd man rush, only to be denied by a lunging glove save by DeSmith.

After a scoreless middle frame, Utica cut their deficit in half with a power play goal 1:23 into the third. Alexandre Grenier unloaded a potent slapper from the point that found its way through traffic and past DeSmith, making it 2-1.

The Penguins answered back shortly thereafter, though. Immediately after the expiration of a man advantage, Derrick Pouliot tickled the twine for his second goal of the season, putting the Penguins back up by a pair at 3-1.

With the goalie pulled, the Comets pulled closer to the Penguins with an extra attacker tally from Evan McEneny with 2:55 remaining in regulation. However, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton weathered the storm and hung on for a win, ending Utica’s seven-game point streak.

DeSmith improved his personal record to 13-2-2 on the season, while Comets goalie Richard Bachman made 27 saves in the loss.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 28, when they travel further south in New York to take on the Binghamton Senators. The Penguins’ next home game is Friday, Feb. 3 for the first visit in 2016-17 by the St. John’s IceCaps to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Individual game tickets for Feb. 3’s game and all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Penguins ticket packages, including 22-game12-game, and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.